Challenge Good News Paper - USA Edition 57, 2018
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     Seeing the light amid suffering
Losing a child rocks your world, your marriage and your belief in God to its core, as well-known Christian singer songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman can testify, but he determined it would only make him stronger.
Seeing the light amid suffering
     There is hope for hypocrites
Hypocrisy just makes us mad doesn't it? Politicians speaking of tightened belts, while endorsing payments for themselves.
     Ushuaia Prison
Photo: Kathleen Loomis Ushuaia Prison at the southern tip of South America, is where until 1947 Argentina placed maximum security prisoners.
Ushuaia Prison
     Answer to prison trap
Alcoholic, atheist criminal becomes pastor and helps thousands of inmates to go straight.
     Abusive father’s life turned around
Rebecca* grew up without her mother, and her father was an alcoholic. She remembers when he would invite coworkers from the military to their house. After her father had passed out from drinking too much, his coworkers would abuse Rebecca.
     TV co-host talks faith & fire
Ainsley Earhardt works as a broadcast journalist and co-host for Fox News and Fox and Friends. But, as Ainsley well knows, being a well-known face to millions across America does not make one immune to suffering.
TV co-host talks faith & fire
     Getting things in perspective
Getting perspective in life is really helpful.
Getting things in perspective
     Dad changes life for his daughter
As soon as Bruce was released from prison, he forgot everything.
Dad changes life for his daughter
     Good advice from actor Chris Pratt
(in his winner's speech at the MTV Generation Awards)
     Is prayer impotent?
After the recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, Senator Ted Cruz tweeted, "Heidi and I are keeping all the students and faculty at Santa Fe High School in our prayers this morning, along with all first responders on the scene."
Is prayer impotent?
     ‘Holy whirlwind’ changes devil-serving druggie
A 'WHIRLWIND' is how Hannah Perez describes the presence of God she encountered while 'chopping up lines of cocaine' on the toilet of a motel restroom, hiding from police, with her little daughter next to her.
‘Holy whirlwind’ changes devil-serving druggie
     Gangster ‘punk’ lets his anger go
Gabe Salazar is billed as the number one Latino youth speaker in America. He offers purpose and hope to struggling teens forged out of the crucible of his own experience. "Growing up I had a lot of anger towards my dad because why would someone not want their kid?" Gabe, now a new father himself, asks.
Gangster ‘punk’ lets his anger go
     Forsake the vanity of the crowd
These days most people are on digital platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube trying to build the number of their followers. Gaining and maintaining your social media crowd often depends on feeding your followers what they want to hear.
Forsake the vanity of the crowd
     Druggie jailed 5 times before he listened
Frank was raised in a family of drug addicts. Life at home was so rough that when he was thirteen, he ran away.
Druggie jailed 5 times before he listened
          Calvary
This confronting painting by Stephen S. Sawyer is called Calvary and aims to illustrate that Jesus took our pain and addiction on Himself when He died on the cross.
Calvary
     ‘Boring’ obedience is vital
Obedience is a very unpopular concept these days. It sounds so, well, let's be honest, old-fashioned. And yet obedience builds strong foundations. The sort of foundations we all need in our lives.
     High and Sober
By Michelle Tortora (age 24) Inmate at Hilltop Unit in Gainesville Texas
     KKK member renounces hatred - joins African-American church
Ken Parker in his National Socialist Movement T-shirt at a rally. He joined the organisation because the Klu Klux Klan “wasn’t hateful enough” for him. Ken Parker hated black people, Jews and gays, in fact he left the Klu Klux Klan in 2012 and joined the National Socialist Movement, an American neo-Nazi group, because "the Klan wasn't hateful enough" for him.
KKK member renounces hatred - joins African-American church
     Let’s hug it out
When's the last time you shared a really good hug? I bet you remember how it made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but that's not just your imagination. It turns out, hugs are actually great for your health!
Let’s hug it out
     Makeovers are always a mess
I have been watching interior design shows on Netflix recently. I'm inspired by the creativity and cleverness of those who take nice but ordinary rooms and turn them into works of art.
     Transformed by the love of God and girlfriend
Josiah wanted revenge.
Transformed by the love of God and girlfriend
     Dear Jesus
A prisoner’s letter
     Atheists’ #1 anti-God argument
Conservative pundit Matt Walsh addressed an important question in a recent vlog post: Why does it appear that God is invisible? Why does He hide from us?
     Don’t focus on the dot
In a recent devotional by Christine Caine, she relates a story about attending a psychology class where her professor projected a picture of a small black dot in the middle of a large white screen.
Don’t focus on the dot
     Man sentenced to 500 years, reforms
Ron Adkins' story is proof that God doesn't give up on us if we don't get it right the first time .... or the second, or third time. Rather, He is a God of mercy, incredible patience and long-suffering.
Man sentenced to 500 years, reforms
     ‘My life was a ticking bomb’
Sibisiso Dladla was a drug addict who stole to support his habit. He lied to cover his tracks and had a bad attitude whenever he was told that what he was doing was wrong.
‘My life was a ticking bomb’
     The Face
His face was hard and battle-scarred His narrowed eyes were filled with hate He looked at me, then looked away
     Porn addict’s search for freedom
James Jennings was only twelve years old when he became heavily addicted to pornography. For the next nine years of his life "I was a slave of it, whether it would be from the Internet or magazines. I was living for lust".
     Have you Googled that?
Each December, Google releases the "Year In Search," a video summarizing the Google searches shaping that given year. I recently watched "Year In Search 2017" and was reminded of the hardships of last year.
Have you Googled that?
     A letter from God to those feeling unloved
Dear Child, I heard when you said today That your life has no purpose or worth, And I cried because it has had meaning Since before the foundations of earth.
A letter from God to those feeling unloved
     Teen’s search for acceptance opens dangerous doors
Brad* grew up the target of his stepfather's abuse, while his mother idly stood by.
Teen’s search for acceptance opens dangerous doors
     Musician comes clean
In high school, musician Craig Aven got appendicitis and was put on medication following his surgery. Unfortunately the drugs became a habit and an addiction he couldn’t break.
Musician comes clean
     What would Jesus say to homosexuals?
Based on the entirety of God's Word, here's what Jesus says to sinners — with no respect to age, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation.
     Born to communicate
The astonishing rise of a new language in 500 deaf children gives us insights into the gift of language in our first parents.
Born to communicate
     Brain size does not determine ability
Noted linguist William Foley claims that language developed when brain size in the evolving humans took an upward leap.1 As brains grew larger, their complexity of neural connections became very much greater and language became possible.
Brain size does not determine ability
     God can make a difference in your marriage
God can make a difference in your marriage.
God can make a difference in your marriage
     A 50/50 chance of survival
It takes courage to do a hard thing that others will not do. If it were easy, it would already be done.
A 50/50 chance of survival
     Lessons from a Dachsie (Part 10)
As I was making lunch to bring to work today, Carrie, our dachshund, sat at my feet in the kitchen wanting a bit of everything. A little square of cheese, a slice of cucumber, a wedge of capsicum, a bit of sausage.
Lessons from a Dachsie (Part 10)
     Always within range of home
It is amazing how far a drone can fly from home base. It has been suggested to me that they can go as far as 7km, beyond which all control is lost.
Always within range of home
     From the Gospel of John
John 5:1-23
From the Gospel of John
          Put here by design
US' Michelle Carter competes in the woman's shot put during the Diamond League athletics competition in Doha, in May 2017. (Photo: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images) American shot putter Michelle Carter knows what she was designed to do and Who designed her for it.
Put here by design

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